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Chicago's Field Museum is teaming up with Toppling Goliath Brewing Company on an exciting beer collaboration

The Field Museum, one of the most popular destinations for lovers of science and history in Chicago, is teaming up with a brewing company to distribute a popular beer based on a very famous resident of the museum.

Brewing Up History
The label art for the Pseudo Sue Pale Ale collaboration between Toppling Goliath Brewing Company and The Field Museum. Image by The Field Museum

The partnership is called, ‘Brewing Up History’ and sees The Field Museum collaborating with Iowa-based beer company Toppling Goliath Brewing Company to bring one of their most popular beers, ‘Pseudo Sue’ to Chicago. While the beer has been on the market in Iowa for the past few years, from 25 January on, The Field Museum will be the only location in Illinois to have the drink available both on tap in the Museum’s Field Bistro as well as being sold in its main store. The link between the two unlikely institutions was first established through the beer itself, which the brewing company named after Sue, the world famous 40-foot long fossil on display in the museum. Discovered in South Dakota in 1990, Sue is the largest, best preserved and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. The label art features Sue’s likeness and she also appears on another beer named, ‘King Sue’.

Sue, the world famous T-rex fossil at The Field Museum.
Sue, the world famous T-rex fossil at The Field Museum. Image by Opacity / CC BY 2.0

Plans are also in place for at least one brew to be created that will be exclusive to The Field Museum. ‘We’re proud and very excited to show our appreciation for the great work The Field Museum does, preserving our past, inspiring curiosity and of course, educating us all. We’re looking forward to brewing up history with them now and in the future,’ said Clark Lewey, President of Toppling Goliath Brewing Company. The launch will be commemorated with a special over 21’s Hop To It event that will give visitors the chance to see a range of artefacts from the museum’s behind the scenes collections related to the history of brewing as well as offering special tastings and food pairings.

The Pseudo Sue had proven to be Toppling Goliath's most popular beer.
The Pseudo Sue had proven to be Toppling Goliath’s most popular beer. Image by Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
The brewing company also has a beer called, "King Sue" after the famous Field Museum resident.
The brewing company also has a beer called, ‘King Sue’ after the famous Field Museum resident. Image by Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

No stranger to pushing the boundaries of interactive and compelling public engagement, the Field Museum recently introduced a tattoo exhibit that enables visitors to actually get tattooed while learning about the art form.

Details on purchasing tickets for the Hop To It event and more information on visiting is available on The Field Museum website.